2010 - Sri Lanka - 20 Rupee note
Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued, for circulation, a new series of currency notes on the theme "Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers" on 2011 February 4th, dated 2010-01-01.
Front: Landscape
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala at Top center, with it in Tamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA on next line. Legend in 3 lines
ශ්‍රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ
මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඈතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක්
ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය
Facsimile signatures above මුදල් ඈමති, and the මහ බැංකුවේ අධිපති , with date YYYY-MM-DD below. Horizontal Black Serial number on upper left and vertical Red Serial number on right. Sri Lankan Lion with sword to upper right.
An artist's impression of a recent view of the COLOMBO PORT with an early view of the Port to upper right. Illustrated are the Sri Lanka bird Serendib Scops Owl to the right, and the butterfly, the Baronet to the lower left. Numeric 20 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් විස්සයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English TWENTY RUPEES. The security thread is a thin polyester thread embedded in to the note with the letters CBSL RS20.
Back: Portrait
Numeric 20 at upper left and lower right. ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala and in Tamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA in 3 line. රුපියල් විස්සයි in Sinhala, Tamil and English TWENTY RUPEES in 3 lines at lower left. A drawing of Ves dancer and a Geta Bera drummer. A guard stone with a Punkalasa is on the upper right on a vertical Band with stylized floral motif, Liya Vela. A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background centered to the left.
Predominant Color : Maroon  |  Size : 128 x 67 mm
Serial Prefix : W  |  Replacement Prefix: Z/2
Floresent Fiber : Yellow  |  Braile : One Dot
Date on BankNoteFinance MinisterCBSL GovernorRange of Serial #Mintage
in K
2010-01-01Mahinda RajapaksaAjith Nivard CabraalW/1 000001 - W/180 1000000180,000
2010-01-01Mahinda RajapaksaAjith Nivard CabraalW/181 000001 - W/280 1000000100,000
2015-02-04Ravi KarunanayakeA. MahendranW/281 000001 - W/315 100000035,000

UV Coated post print varnish is applied on Rs. 20/- currency notes from W/181 onwards and these notes are slightly thicker. Port of Colombo
The Port of Colombo is the largest port in Sri Lanka at present. It serves as a major seaport in Asia due to its unique location in the Indian Ocean. The port was built in the early 14th century during the Kotte kingdom and was known as Port of Kolomtota. The Port of Colombo is administrated by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Serendib Scops Owl - Otus thilohoffmanni
Sri Lanka Pandukan Bassa/Panduwan Bassa (Sinhala),
Ilangai Serandib Sevi Aandhai (Tamil)
Serendib Scops Owl is an endemic owl species identified in 2004, restricted to the low country wet zone of Sri Lanka. This species is categorized as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and degradation.
The Baronet - Symphaedra nais
Nilgala Samanalaya (Sinhala)
Baronets are magnificently coloured butterflies with an orange upper side marked with black streaks and white edging on their wings. Their underside is reddish brown. The species is mostly found in the south central and south eastern part of the island.
Punkalasa Guard stone
Guardstones (doratupala figures or muragal) are one of the finest creations of ancient Sinhalese artwork. Guard stone carved with pot of plenty is an expression of prosperity and it is associated with the belief of ushering prosperity to the building throughout the year. The best example of a guard stone with a pot of plenty is seen at the Abhayagiri archeological complex.
Liya Vela
Liya vela is a commonly used design technique in Sinhala art. It is a decorative art form using the leaves and flowers of a creeper.
Ves Netuma
Ves Netuma (Ves Dance), the most popular form of dance in Sri Lanka, belongs to the classical dance known as Kandyan Dancing. It is believed that the Kandyan Dance originated in the 4th century BCE with the ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which Is performed to propitiate the deity known as Kohomba to obtain relief from various sicknesses, pestllences and to ensure health and prosperity throughout the year. The elaborate costume comprises of its glorious head dress which is considered sacred, a skirt like trilled cloth, decorated chest plates and bangles for arms and ankles. The Ves Netuma originally confined to the ritual of the Kohomba Kankariya, now forms a part of the repertoire of Kandyan Dancing and is performed on stage and in the Kandy Perehera independent of its ritual significance. The main drum used for this form of dance is the Geta Beraya
Geta Beraya
Geta Beraya (Kandyan Drum) is the main drum used n Kandyan Dancing tradition, The drum tapers from the centre towards the ends.

Text edited from Press Releases of the CBSL. Images as in full page colour advertisements published in local newspapers.